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Teaching Legal Technology to Law Students
Forty US States, the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada have all found technology competency to be so important that they have embedded new language regarding technology in their ethical codes. The ABA was the first to do so, drafting revisions to comment 8 to ABA Model Professional rule 1.1. This rule requires lawyers to “maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.” The States and the Federation have all modeled their rules off of this language. Even in jurisdictions that have not yet adopted comment 8, other professional rules still require lawyers to have a certain level of technological competence, for instance, a lawyer has the responsibility under Model Professional Rule 1.6 to maintain a client’s confidential information.

The large law firms have developed solutions to meet these requirements. Unfortunately, these solutions come with a price tag designed to keep them exclusive. What about the rest of us? How does this fit with law libraries and librarians? We are the solution for many. Law librarians are often tasked with teaching new subjects, including legal technology. All of the panelists have had to build new training tools and classes to teach technology to law students so that the next generation of lawyers are ready to meet these requirements as soon as they start to practice.

Artie Berns (Head of Public Services, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Law Library)
Kenton Brice (Director of Technology Innovation, University of Oklahoma Law Library)
Jennifer L. Wondracek (Director of Law Library & Professor of Legal Writing, Capital University Law School)

Mandy Lee (Head of Research & Instruction, Chicago-Kent College of Law Library)

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Oct 4, 2022 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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